Karena was born and raised in Seattle, and started taking creative dance at age 3 after insisting on dancing around the living room to Swan Lake every single evening. She received the majority of her dance training at the Cornish Preparatory Dance Program, as well as at the Richmond Ballet, and the University of Washington. She holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BA in Classics from the University of Washington. Before directing Dance Fremont, she has taught ballet and modern dance at many places, including the University of Washington Bothell, Bainbridge Dance Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, and Cornish Preparatory Dance. Her professional dance experience includes performing with the Colorado Ballet, Lehua Dance Theatre, ARC Dance, Catherine Cabeen-Hyphen, Redd Legg Dance, and Seattle Dance Project. She has enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to dance works of Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Fanny Elssler, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Hannah Wiley, and many others. Her MFA studies focused on pedagogy, dance performance, notation, and history, and she holds a Teaching Certification in Labanotation. She has staged a number of historical works from their Labanotation scores, including Doris Humphrey’s The Shakers, Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Etude, and selections from Helen Tamiris’s Negro Spirituals.
Karena believes in the value of dance as a source of inspiration, self-discovery, expression, and fulfillment for everyone who studies it. Every dance student deserves the respect of being given quality training and curriculum, and the integrity of dance education at Dance Fremont has long been an inspiration to Karena. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to support and continue the excellence that Vivian, Mary, and the Dance Fremont community have built.
Steve Casteel was born in Tacoma and received his early training from Jan Column School of Classic Ballet. At age sixteen, he was selected to join Boston Ballet II where he spent the next two years training and performing. For ten years, from 1987-‘97, Steve danced with the nationally acclaimed Houston Ballet where he was promoted to soloist and performed many of the great classical works as well as works by many world-renowned contemporary choreographers.
In 2001, Steve received his B.F.A., summa cum laude, in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and completed his M.F.A. with a dance emphasis from the University of Arizona in 2004.
For over ten years Steve has taught dance and worked in dance administration helping to build the Northwest dance community. From 1997 to 1999 he worked for Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma as Assistant to the Director, writing grants and handling public relations in addition to serving as ballet master. From 2004 to 2006 Steve was the Public Relations Coordinator for Next Stage Dance Theatre and co-directed their community outreach program “Unleashed Memory,” a movement project with memory loss/Alzheimer’s patients, as well as performing with the company. In 2006 Steve directed and helped to open The Dance School, in Everett, WA. In 2008 he became a co-producer for the popular biennial Men In Dance Festival in Seattle WA.
Steve has taught at various schools in the Northwest and California. Currently, he teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, Dance Fremont, Seattle University and the University of Washington. In 2012, Steve became the director of the Cornish Preparatory Dance Department.
Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino has over thirty years of experience as a dance teacher. She has taught dance to people of all ages in a variety of settings and feels fortunate to be amongst the professional teaching staff at Dance Fremont. Mary Kay holds a Bachelors Degree in Dance from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Choreography and Performance from U.C.L.A. While in Los Angeles she was recognized by the L.A. Arts Council for her choreography. Her professional dance experience began at The Chicago Dance Medium and inspired her toward a career of choreographing and teaching. As an independent choreographer in Seattle in the 90’s, her work was featured at New City Theater, On the Boards, Allegro Dance Festival, Arts Edge Dance Festival and Bumbershoot. Her work has also been performed in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
From 1999-2009, Mary Kay choreographed and performed with Next Stage Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Dominique Gabella. This company of mature dancers provided a collaborative exchange for creative expression and an opportunity to work with local choreographers. She has choreographed for the Kaleidoscope Dance Company and Fremont DanceWorks Company. Mary Kay loves choreographing for these talented young dancers finding it to be some of the most rewarding work of her career.
Mary Kay also teaches creative movement and dance at the Salmon Bay School. She loves sharing dance with elementary school students and finds their curiosity and sense of humor refreshing. Mary Kay is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT), teaches at Taj Yoga and enjoys subbing yoga classes at a number of local health clubs. She also volunteers for Street Yoga, a non-profit organization bringing yoga to homeless and at risk youth and teens.
Away from the studio, Mary Kay dances through life with her husband John and their three amazing children Sophia, Anthony and Nicolas.
Mary Kay is passionate about teaching. Her students inspire her through their commitment to consistently work hard at finding the joy of movement while realizing their full potential through the shared experience of dancing.
Ms. Cohen-Hafford has been teaching student and professional dancers for over 20 years. She has taught master classes, and guest classes across the USA and Canada. She was Artistic Director of Conservatory Ballet of Washington and of the Ballet Department at Washington Academy of Performing Arts. She served as a dance faculty member at Oakland University, MI, is currently on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Preparatory Program and is a sought after coach and guest teacher. She is excited to be on the Dance Fremont team and to share her knowledge and expertize.
Ms Cohen-Hafford’s teaching philosophy includes an emphasis on the basics of technique, placement, and posture as well as good form and line. She focuses on developing a dancers awareness of the importance of details in transitions and movement quality and encourages dancers to be musically aware, using phrasing to enhance their artistic choices. Her professional career training was Vaganova and Balanchine based and as a student she trained in both Cecchetti and RAD methods. Her diverse professional repertoire included contemporary ballets, the classics, Balanchine works and modern dance providing her with a diverse background and understanding of the essential requirements on ballet professionals today. She is passionate about teaching and considers each of her students and their individual technical and artistic needs.
During her extensive 15 year professional performing career she danced principal roles in numerous classical ballets as well as in works by some of the most eminent contemporary choreographers including Ashton, Balanchine, Butler, Cranko,Tetley, and Forsythe. She was honored to be chosen for the lead role in the Canadian première of William Forsythe’s “In the middle, somewhat elevated.” She toured and performed extensively nationally and internationally, travelling throughout Canada and to Japan, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Thailand, Malaysia, the UK and Israel. She danced with Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Jorgen, Metropolitan Ballet Theater and Pennsylvania Ballet and was an invited guest artist for numerous schools and companies.
Her choreography includes works for Ballet British Columbia’s Choreographic Workshop and for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Choreoplan. Her choreography has been presented by companies such as Conservatory Ballet of Washington, Olympic Ballet Theatre, Michigan Classic Ballet, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, as well as by Cornish Preparatory Dance Company, and Trilogy Dance Company.. She has choreographed contemporary ballet solos for YAGP, all of which have been presented at the New York City finals. The solo “Allegretto” was performed by a bronze medal winner in the 2012 NY International finals.
Ms Cohen-Hafford has a diploma in Dance Training from George Brown College in Toronto and an Advanced diploma in Spanish dance.
Kitty Daniels is internationally recognized as a master teacher who specializes in integrating and applying dance science and somatics principles to dance technique education. As Chair of the Dance Department at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts from 1986 to 2015, she developed an innovative and progressive educational program that balanced rigorous professional preparation with student wellness. She began her professional career as a performer with ballet and modern dance companies in Europe and the United States including the Bill Evans Dance Company, Concert Dance Company of Boston and Beth Soll and Dancers. She has taught at colleges and intensive workshops nationally and internationally including the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance and Teachers Intensives, London Contemporary Dance School, California State University Summer Arts Programs, University of Washington, and Boston University. She has presented her research and taught master classes at conferences of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Education Organization, DanceUSA, National Association of Schools of Dance, Not Just Any Body and Soul and American College Dance Festival Association. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Dance Teacher, Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance, and Kinesiology for Dance. She currently teaches at Dance Fremont, the University of Washington and in the Seattle Dance for Parkinsons Program.
Fiona Evans began dancing ballet at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, she started her training under Andy Prince at Prince Ballet. She continued her studies with Gisella Genschow at the Santa Fe Dance Foundation through high school. In 1996, Fiona attended the Boston Conservatory and studied a mix of modern and ballet under Jennifer Scanlon, Yasuko Tokunaga, Donna Silva, Anamarie Sarazin and Elaine Bauer, among others. She also studied with Marcus Schulkind outside of the Conservatory.
In 2001, after graduating with a BFA in dance, Fiona moved to New York City to continue her dancing. In 2004, she joined Alan Good dance, who she closely studied with and performed with for 5 years. During her time in New York, she also continued her ballet training with Christine Wright, Marjorie Mussman, Jocelyn Lorenz, Zvi Gotheiner and Graciela Kozak. In addition to dancing, Fiona also received her Pilates certification from Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon in 2004. While in New York, she continued to study Pilates closely with Clarice Marshall and also studied with Deborah Lessen, and Maya Aubrey. Fiona continued to dance, perform and teach Pilates in New York, until 2010, when Fiona and her husband decided to move to Seattle. In her 5 years in Seattle, she has choreographed and danced with Bellingham Repertory Dance as well as Relay Dance Collective and has taught Pilates at Pilates on 10th and Lift Pilates. This past summer, Fiona attended Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers. Fiona loves helping dancers learn how to make clear connections in their body through the use of imagery, anatomy and rhythm.
Charlotte Hart received her early training in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, performing with the New Orleans Youth Ballet. She received her BFA in Ballet Performance with Special Distinction from the University of Oklahoma. Performing professionally with Louisville Ballet, Augusta Ballet, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado (Wonderbound), she danced in classical, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre choreography, and guest performed nationally. She has originated roles in works by Robert Mills, Amy Seiwart, Lee-Wei Chao, Chung-Fu Chang, Mary Margaret Holt, Jeremy Lindberg, Steve Brule, and Peter Powlus. Before retiring, Charlotte performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as the Blue Girl in Les Biches, as the Pigtail Student in Graduation Ball, in Antony Tudor’s Fandango, and as a guest with the modern dance company Clawson Dance Initiative in Wichita, Kansas.
Charlotte has taught ballet in Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Utah, California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Washington. She spent two years as assistant director for the student company of Ballet Nouveau Colorado and eight years as the assistant coordinator for the OU SummerWind Youth Ballet. Her choreography has been performed by Augusta Ballet II, Western Arkansas Ballet, SWYB, Springville Ballet, the student company of BNC, and at the 2011 International WaTER Conference, and presented at SWRBA and OU’s Young Choreographers’ Showcase, and (directed) OU Composers’ Recital, Frame by Frame, and Degrees of Rotation. As répétiteur, she set Robert Mills’ In Between Dreams on the Oklahoma City Ballet company.
During graduate school, Charlotte was awarded the Ballets Russes Archive Fellowship, earned a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, won the Miguel Terekhov Award for Ballet Choreography, and completed Jack Anderson and Camille Hardy’s dance criticism workshop. Her thesis Joanna Kneeland’s Therapeutic Barre: A Qualitative Analysis explored task-specific warming up for ballet technique. Outside the studio, she taught and lectured for introductory collegiate general education dance courses at OU. Charlotte graduated in 2012 with her MFA in Dance from OU after successfully defending her thesis entitled Joanna Kneeland’s Therapeutic Barre: A Qualitative Analysis, which explored task-specific warming up for ballet technique. She currently teaches ballet in the Seattle area, writes and edits for SeattleDances, and lives in Edmonds with her husband, son, and two cats.
Stephanie Liapis’ professional career as a performer, teacher and choreographer spans nearly 20 years and includes work with New York City based companies Doug Varone & Dancers and Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy, Faye Driscoll and Aquila Theater among others. She has been creating original works since 2008, weaving elements of digital media into her works. Her work has been presented in NYC, Detroit, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Switzerland and Singapore. Stephanie holds a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Washington. Stephanie has served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Long Island University-Brooklyn as well as Adjunct Lecturer at Texas Women’s University, the University of Washington, Barnard College, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase College. She teaches workshops and sets her work both nationally and abroad.
Jasmine Morgan was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She started her dance training at Pacific Northwest Ballet from age 7-11 years. At the age of 12 years, Jasmine discovered Dance Fremont and that became like her second home.
She danced in Fremont Danceworks Company from age 12-18 years performing in many lead and ensemble roles choreographed by Carla Maxwell (Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company), Kabby Mitchell III (former soloist of Pacific NW Ballet), Hannah Wiley (founding Artistic Director of University of Washington’s Chamber Dance Company), Mary Kay Bisignano-Vadino (Dance Fremont Faculty), Mary Reardon and Vivian Little (Co-directors of Dance Fremont).
Jasmine’s love for dance has transformed into a passion to teach dance. She taught ballet to adults and children at American Dance Institute in 2006, volunteered at the YMCA teaching ballet to beginning adults and is currently teaching a dance class for people with developmental disabilities. Jasmine loves being with people, so being able to teach them her passion is a true joy.
Director Emerita –
Mary Wells grew up in Erie, PA where she began her life of dance with The Erie Civic Ballet under the direction of Statia Sublette. Her summers were spent at the Chautauqua Institute where she studied under teachers Alexandra Danilova, Melissa Hayden, Jacques D’Amboise, and Patricia McBride.
Mary earned a BFA from the University of Cincinnati where she danced with the Cincinnati Ballet under the direction of David McClain. At the University her love for modern dance began to grow while studying the Horton Technique under teacher James Truitte. Modern dance led her to Atlanta, GA in 1977 where she danced professionally for Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company, Lee Harper Dancers, City Center and the Alliance Theater. In 1981, Mary Wells became Mary Reardon and joined The Carl Ratcliff Dance Theatre. She became a soloist and danced with Atlanta’s first modern dance company for six years.
In 1989, Mary changed focus from performing to teaching. She owned her own school in Georgia for ten years, directed the summer dance program for the Governors Honors program of Georgia and continued to teach in the outreach program for The Carl Ratcliff Dance Theatre. In 1999, Mary joined forces with Vivian Little to co-direct Dance Fremont! In June of 2015 Mary stepped down from Co-Directing Dance Fremont. She continues to teach at the school and is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.
“My journey across the United States has brought me to understand the amazing gift my parents gave me all those years ago. Dance is like this special club where once you join you are always a part of it. You can meet those other members all your life in any city in the world. I love to teach because I love to introduce children into the world of the dance community. It teaches them to honor their bodies, to work cooperatively, to tap into their creative self. It brings self-awareness to the others around them. The dance world is a special place to be regardless if you choose to make it your life’s work.”
Christine Weh began her training in Portland, Oregon, with many influential teachers including Heather Renk and Mary Hunt. She performed as soloist and ensemble with Portland Community Ballet under the direction of Lila Zali protegé Cynthia Tosh. Christine earned her BFA in Dance cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts where she was fortunate to work with choreographers Mary Sheldon Scott, Pat Hon, Tonya Lockyer, and Gary Masters from the Limón Dance Company. Additionally, she has performed with Weaving Dance, Chimera Dance Theater and Sapience Dance Collective. She has studied Creative Movement under Gail Heilbron and Christine Juarez, and completed Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Institute for Teachers in 2014. Christine has been teaching her love of dance in ballet, creative movement and modern techniques for over 15 years. She has served as faculty for many schools in the region including The Dance School (also serving as Director of Education), Dance Time and Woodinville Dance Academy. Christine is currently on faculty at Cornish Preparatory Dance, where she served as Administrative Assistant for 10 years. She is the Dance Specialist for Secret Garden Preschool and continues to perform locally in independent artist productions. Christine is eager to be a part of the inspiring faculty of Dance Fremont. Her teaching goal is to provide students of all ages with the necessary tools for accomplishment, joy, and participation in dance.
Director Emerita –
Vivian Little, originally from Bellingham, WA became one of the original members to form Pacific NW Dance and performed as a Principal Dancer from 1974-1977. Her professional training in Seattle included teachers and artists such as Janet Reed, Todd Bolender, Melissa Hayden, Nancy Robinson, Ronald Sequoia and Perry Brunson.
Vivian joined the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) in 1977 under the artistic direction of choreographers, Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin. Performing Christensen and Smuin choreography, as well as works by George Balanchine and Frederic Ashton fueled her passion for dance. Vivian’s enthusiasm for teaching came from studying with master teachers Sally Streets, Tatiana Grantzeva, Anatol Vilzak, and Virginia Johnson. Vivian retired from SFB as a Soloist in 1981. After her performing career, she continued to work as a ballet mistress at El Teatro Municipal de Lima, Peru where she had the opportunity to work with Jorge Esquivel (Ballet Nacional de Cuba) and Mario Galizzi (Teatro Municipal de Buenos Aires). She later taught on the faculty of Walnut Hill Performing Art School in Massachusetts and for seven years at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. In September 1996, “Ms. Vivian” founded Dance Fremont and in 1999 Mary Reardon and “Ms. Vivian” became Co-Directors. Together they shared a vision for the ballet and modern dance integrated program and founded Fremont Danceworks, the school’s contemporary dance company, directing school and company until June 2015. Vivian has taught as a Guest Lecturer in the University of Washington’s Dance Department and from 2007-2016, taught ballet as an adjunct dance instructor at Cornish College of the Arts. “Ms. Vivian” feels an immense gratitude for having been a professional dancer, dance educator, choreographer and dance school director. She strives to bring the richness of this experience into her classroom. She hopes that the discipline and joy that comes from studying dance will support her students in all aspects of their lives.
Kathleen Mills earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Arranging from Combs College of Music. She studied with composer Romeo Cascarino and concert pianist Susan Starr in Philadelphia, and with Broadway conductor Lehman Engel at BMI’s Musical Theater Workshop in New York City. Her performing experience includes singing and dancing in several musicals, notably 5th Avenue Theater Company′s productions of Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady and in the national tour of Mame starring Juliet Prowse. She has worked as a private music instructor in Seattle since 1989. She is also the composer, lyricist and librettist of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet” produced annually by Dance Fremont! since 1997. Her work with Dance Fremont! since that time has also included writing and directing the Musical Theater/Costume Design and Production Camp show each summer. Kathleen is passionate about helping students identify and use their talents in pursuit of excellence in mind, body, and spirit.
Paula J. Peters
Paula J. Peters is a professor at SUNY Fredonia. Previously she was on faculty at Cornish Preparatory Dance, Dance Fremont, the University of Washington, and directed the dance minor at Pacific Lutheran University 2013-14. Ms. Peters’ choreographic and performance research includes collaborative works created with Rhonda Cinotto for Contemporary Jazz Dance Project, Seattle. Her choreography has been presented by Men In Dance, Cornish Dance Theater, DanceWorks and Cornish Preparatory Dance Company. Her scholarly research includes the implementation of pedagogy and programs which serve the 21st century dancer and writings on the history of jazz dance, published in Seattle Dance Annual 2013 and presented at DEAW and NDEO national conferences. Prior to completing her B.F.A. in Dance through the Professional Dancers Program at Cornish College of the Arts in 2007, Ms. Peters performed professionally with Spectrum Dance Theater for fourteen years. With Spectrum, she danced and restaged works by choreographers of national prominence such as Ann Reinking, Margo Sappington, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Claire Bataille, Danny Buraczeski, Daniel Ezralow, Trey McIntyre, Donald Byrd, Wade Madsen and Dale A. Merrill, touring throughout the US, Europe and Mexico. She also served as SDT’s rehearsal director from 1998 to 2005. Ms. Peters received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington in 2011 with a concentration on the history, theory, and practice of American Jazz Dance.
“I fiercely believe that students are people first and dancers second. Therefore, each student deserves the permission to evolve, rather than achieve ‘perfection’ when studying dance. This has led me to create a classroom environment that promotes self-discovery and positively shapes the whole person to become a vibrant, thinking member of society. The gifts of watching students embrace this journey in their own way and become empowered through dance are the reasons why I teach.”
“I am profoundly grateful to be a member of the faculty at Dance Fremont and wish to thank the students and my colleagues for providing me with endless new opportunities for learning.”
Keith was born in Seattle and moved to New York City in 1978. From 1980-1984 he performed with several New York modern dance companies, among them the companies of Pearl Lang, Pauline Koner, Hannah Kahn, Jim Self and Rosalind Newman. From 1984 to 1994 he was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, and in 1988 he received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his work with that group. From 1994 to 1997 and again in 2001 he was a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov s White Oak Dance Project. In 2000 he danced with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company during its 25th anniversary year. Most recently he has performed with Richard Daniels, Johannes Wieland and with Paradigm. He has also danced leading roles in opera productions directed by Peter Sellars and Martha Clarke. Keith teaches ballet, modern dance and Pilates and is currently on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.
Lynn is a performer and costume designer with Seattle Early Dance, and has appeared in concert with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Early Music Guild operas Venus and Adonis, and Il Ballo della Ingrate, and The Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera. She has studied baroque dance since 1998 with Anna Mansbridge and Catherine Turocy, and appeared in the New York Baroque Dance Company’s production, With Sword Drawn, He Dances. As a teacher of ballet, jazz, and character, she has served on the faculties of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Olympic College, Western Washington University, and Everett Community College, where she was also choreographer for the annual musicals. She directed her own school and company, North Seattle Ballet, for eleven years, producing the full-length ballets Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Ms. Wyckoff holds a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, and an MA in Dance Theatre from San Francisco State University.
Kevin Cook is a composer, drummer, and percussionist who has a long history of accompanying Modern, Ballet and Musical Theatre dance classes. He has worked as an accompanist in Seattle for 16 years at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Dance Fremont and Spectrum Dance Theater. Kevin received a Jazz Studies performance degree from the University of Washington, and has played with over 30 bands in Seattle in many styles of music, ranging from jazz, classical, and avant-garde to world music and heavy metal. Kevin loves song-writing and composing and has produced an album of original songs. He has also performed and acted with the Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble, UMO, Lelavision and The Village Theatre.
Art Koshi has been accompanying ballet and modern dance classes since 1997. Born in Taiwan and raised in Honolulu, Art now works as an accompanist at Dance Fremont, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Theatre Group’s Dance for Parkinson’s, and Jet City Improv. Before moving to Seattle, he played for the University of Hawaii, Ballet Hawaii, and On The Spot Improv. He has performed in improvisational theater festivals such as Honolulu’s Improvaganza, Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival, the Phoenix Improv Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, and the Seattle Improv Festival.
From Manchester, NH, Ryan began his voice and piano studies at age eight in the Ted Herbert Music School and continued his education with theater and dance studies at the Boston Conservatory. He began working as a dance musician for Boston Ballet and moved on to The Richmond Ballet and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his BFA in Theater Performance. Since moving to Seattle, he’s worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Dance Fremont!, the University of Washington, Ballet Hawaii, Washington (DC) Ballet, Whitman College and was Music Director for Jet City Improv. He has accompanied professional artists for the past 15 years, some of which include: Clark Terry, Yo Yo Ma, Bebe Neuwirth, Carla Maxwell, Clay Taliaferro, Donald McKayle, Twyla Tharp, Bill T. jones, Val Caniparoli, and Kyle Abraham. His compositions have appeared on PBS, NPR and in many dance festivals. Ryan appears on albums such as Month of May by Romeo + Juliet; and Midnight Veil by Prom Queen. His new album Caviar Dreams (FOX HUNT) was completed in 2015 and features both his visual artwork and favorite Musicians. Ryan likes to spend his free time painting & songwriting.